Declaration of Sentiments

Title

Declaration of Sentiments

Description

That they gathered people together was an achievement. Then they presented their topic cleverly and comprehensively, in a Declaration of Sentiments mirroring the Dec of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal…”

Their complaints against the patriarchy encompass nearly every piece of what became 19th c. feminism: the complete exclusion of women from public life, and our total erasure in private life. Reading today, it is overwhelming in its totality and impressive in its rage. E.g.:

*He closes against her all the avenues to wealth & distinction, which he considers most honorable to himself. As a teacher of theology, medicine, or law, she is not known. *He has denied her the facilities for obtaining a thorough education-all colleges being closed against her.

*He has compelled her to submit to laws, in the formation of which she had no voice. *He has made her, if married, in the eye of the law, civilly dead. *He has taken from her all right in property, even to the wages she earns.

Not bad for organizers who, when they initially contemplated the task of creating a manifesto, felt “as helpless and hopeless as if they had been suddenly asked to construct a steam engine.” -Elizabeth Cady Stanton via @EllenDubois10 

Creator

Daily Suffragist

Date

21/09/2019

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Citation

Daily Suffragist, “Declaration of Sentiments,” Daily Suffragist, accessed September 21, 2021, https://dailysuffragist.omeka.net/items/show/50.

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